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Two-Match Barker Takes Malaysian Open Title

CIMB Malaysian Open 2013
Men's Draw
10-15 Sep
Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round One
12 Sep 
13 Sep
14 Sep
15 Sep
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
9/11, 17/15, 11/4, 2/1rtd (46m)
Chris Simpson (Eng)
Chris Simpson
6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (76m)
Saurav Ghosal
Chris Simpson
6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 (69m)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen
11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)
Peter Barker
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/5, 11/9, 11/3 (45m)
[Q] Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
8/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/6 (48m)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
Mazen Hesham
11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (20m)
Tarek Momen
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/9, 10/12, 11/4, 11/2 (46m)
[4] Tarek Momen (Egy)
[3] Borja Golan (Esp)
12/10, 11/2, 11/4 (58m)
Omar Mosaad (Egy)
 Borja Golan
8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (104m)
 Karim Abdel Gawad
Borja Golan
11-9, 12-10, 11-2 (99m)
Peter Barker
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11/4, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)
[Q] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/3,11/3,11/9 (36m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-8, 11-0, 7-11, 11-2 (56m)
Peter Barker
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/9, 11/5, 11/4 (35m)
[2] Peter Barker (Eng)

RESULTS: PSA International 50 CIMB Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

11-Sep, Qualifying Finals:

Qualifying finals:
Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (44m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v Max Lee (HKG) (match not completed)
Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (99m)
Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (EGY) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 9-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (56m)

10-Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw) 3-0 Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (30m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas) 3-2 Elvinn Keo (Mas) 11/9, 10/12, 8/11, 12/10, 11/6 (77m)
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-2 H'pal Sandhu (Ind) 11/4,8/11,12/10,10/12,8/4 rtd? (95m)
Max Lee (Hkg) 3-0 Valentino Bong (Mas) 11/6, 11/1, 11/5 (28m)
Omar Abdel Aziz (Egy) 3-1 Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 11/8, 3/11, 11/4, 11/5 (48m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 3-1 Sanjay Singh (Mas) 10/12, 11/9, 11/7, 11/9 (63m)
Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-0 Hannan Tarmidi (Mas) 11/4, 11/9, 11/5 (23m)
Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0 Ammar Altamiimi (Kuw) 11/8, 14/12, 11/7 (40m)

Two-Match Barker Takes Malaysian Open Title

Less than seven hours after surviving a marathon rescheduled semi-final match, England's Peter Barker triumphed over defending champion Tarek Momen in today's final of the CIMB Malaysian Open to win the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya in Selangor for the first time.

An accidental clash with Spanish opponent Borja Golan's racket in the semis resulted in the Englishman sustaining a severe nosebleed - and the match being rescheduled for 9.00am this morning

It took 99 minutes for the second-seeded Londoner to earn his place in the final - and only hours later, before a packed crowd surrounding the all-glass court, Barker was back in action against defending champion Tarek Momen, the No4 seed from Egypt, in the climax.

"Tarek didn't start as well as he would have liked, always being a few points behind in the opening game, Barker winning 11-5," said event spokesman Andrew Cross. "In the second it was similar with Barker leading all the way but then when Barker got to nine points he hit three unusual errors and Tarek took advantage to win the game 11-9 - the first time Tarek had led at any point in the match.

"The third was close up until the midpoint of the game when Barker (pictured above, foreground, in the final) broke clear to win 11-5. In the fourth, with Tarek now with his back against the wall, Barker ran out an easy winner 11-3 to win his first CIMB Malaysian Open title."

Speaking to Kng Zheng Guan of the Malaysia Star, Barker said: "I think my nose is broken. It's usually not like this and it's really sore. I'm going to fly home tonight and see my doctor tomorrow morning.

"Let him tell me the bad news. But I don't care - it's worth it!

"I'm absolutely delighted to win the title, as the last time I came here I won the KL Open in 2009," added the world No7 from London who has now won his 15th Tour title. "I'm coming into some form at the moment and to beat both Borja and Tarek on the same day is a treat."

Later, Barker conceded: "I'm obviously delighted to win this week - it's quite possibly the highlight of my career, beating Borja and Tarek within a few hours of each other with a dodgy honker!

"I am genuinely a little lost for words right now and I have too many people to thank. You know who you are: thank you for your support, love and continued encouragement."

Momen Makes Second Malaysian Open Final

Egypt's title-holder Tarek Momen will make his second successive appearance in the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open after prevailing in today's semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya in Selangor.

The 25-year-old world No10 from Cairo was taking on Chris Simpson, the unseeded Englishman who was appearing in the semi-finals against expectation after upsetting top seed Karim Darwish.

Momen went into the match boasting a 1/0 career head-to-head advantage over Simpson - but it was the 26-year-old underdog who took the lead.

Momen drew level, but again Simpson - ranked 15 places lower - regained the advantage after taking the third.

The defending champion pulled out all the stops in his bid to return to the final - ultimately closing out the match 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 after 69 minutes to reach the ninth Tour final of his career, but the first since his Curve triumph 12 months ago.

"He has improved a lot and he was very sharp and his drives were glued to the wall," said Momen, whose fiancée Raneem El Weleily, the women's champion, also won her semi-final match today. "Me and Raneem really scared everyone today so we will see what happens tomorrow!"

Simpson added: "It's the first competition of the season, so it's a great start for me. I would have loved to have made the final but need to take the positives from it. I got the tactics right for four games but then I got a bit tired and my mind went - but credit to Tarek.

"I would like to thank the crowd for their fantastic support this week."

The other semi-final pitted England's No2 seed Peter Barker against third-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan.

"The opening game was long and hard with Barker winning it 11-9," reported event spokesman Andrew Cross. "At the beginning of the third, with Barker leading 3-1, Borja swung and on the follow through caught Peter on the nose causing blood to flow, and it seems Peter has fractured his nose."

The match was suspended and has been rescheduled for 9.00am local time tomorrow (Sunday).

Title-Holder Tarek Tears Into Selangor Semis

Defending champion Tarek Momen produced his speediest victory in more than a year when he despatched fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry at the CIMB Malaysian Open today to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya in Selangor.

Fourth seed Momen, the world No10, was in no mood to give his Cairo colleague any room for manoeuvre - taking just 20 minutes to remove the 19-year-old qualifier 11-3, 11-9, 11-6.

Momen (pictured above, left, with Ga Sabry) with now faces England's Chris Simpson in a bid to reach the final for the third time in four years.

Simpson continued his relentless surge through the event, earning his first ever win over India's higher-ranked Saurav Ghosal to become the only unseeded player in the last four.

The breakthrough 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 victory in 76 minutes came just 24 hours after a career-first win over Karim Darwish, the top seed and a former world number one from Egypt.

"I'm over the moon with both of my wins," said world No25 Simpson after collecting his thoughts in Selangor. "Yesterday's was very unexpected! I feel that I have made some good improvements this summer, and was eager to get stuck into Darwish - but he is a great player that has achieved so much, and although I thought I could push him hard I wasn't necessarily expecting to win!

"The first game was a real shock to me, I couldn't read any of his shots. I was forced into a lot of awkward movements. But from the end of that game onwards I felt that I got my tactics right, managed to get into some longer rallies and ask some questions of Karim physically.

"The second game was crucial, and once I got that I knew I was in with a shout. It was a shame that the match had to end as it did, and I hope Karim hasn't done himself any lasting damage.

"Today was another great match. Again I was being completely outplayed, and couldn't find any way of troubling Saurav's speedy game for the first game and a half. After this it became nip and tuck, and it was really down to who could play the big points better. I was lucky that today that happened to be me!

"I'm looking forward to playing Tarek. He's an in-form player, but I have nothing to lose and you can't help but look forward to the occasion of playing in such a spectacular setting."

The other semi will be the one predicted by the draw, between England's No2 seed Peter Barker and third-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan.

Londoner Barker took on local favourite Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, the wild card who upset former champion and fellow Malaysian Ong Beng Hee in the previous round. Barker began strongly moving the ball around the court making his opponent do a lot of work.

"Whereas Wan was able to capitalise on the loose balls yesterday, today things just didn't quite work for him," explained tournament spokesman Andrew Cross. "The pressure that Barker was providing was intense and when Wan had a chance he couldn't quite decide what shot to play. Sometimes he would hit the ball back at himself or the tin."

Adnan got back into the match in the third game to reduce Barker's lead. "In the fourth Barker was back to it keeping the intensity high and the pressure on Wan, building up a 9-0 lead before Wan got his first point much to the delight of the crowd and himself," continued Cross. "He got another point but Barker had soon wrapped up the match 11-8, 11-0, 7-11, 11-2."

Golan, the world No9, recovered from a game down to beat Egypt's Karim Abdel Gawad 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 in a 104-minute marathon.

Simpson Downs Darwish In Malaysian Open Shock

Unseeded Englishman Chris Simpson scored one of the best wins of his career when he upset top seed Karim Darwish in today's first round of the CIMB Malaysian Open, the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Making his debut in the event, the Guernsey-born world No25 recovered from the loss of the first game to take the next two before the Egyptian former world number one conceded the match after just three points of the fourth game.

"The first game was close with Chris holding the advantage but just losing out 11-9," explained event spokesman Andrew Cross. "In the beginning of the second, Darwish took a fall in the front backhand appearing to slip on some sweat - and a three-minute injury break was awarded. He continued and looked fine.

"In the middle of the third, Darwish began to look a little flat and Chris ran away from 4-4," Cross continued. "After three rallies in the fourth Darwish offered his hand and that was the end of the match."

After his 9-11, 17-15, 11-4, 2-1 (ret.) victory, the jubilant Simpson said: "I wasn't expecting to beat Darwish - I have a flight home tonight which I will now need to change. I wanted to ask some questions of him physically and see where it got me.

"I thought I deserved to win the second a bit easier but the fact it was so hard probably worked for me better. The second was crucial - I'm pretty happy it extended to 17-15 rather than 11-8."

In the quarter-finals, which take place on an all-glass showcourt at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor, Harrogate-based Simpson will line up against Saurav Ghosal, the Indian number one who defeated Egyptian qualifier Omar Abdel Aziz 11-5, 11-9, 11-3.

"I'm looking forward to playing Saurav tomorrow," Simpson continued. "I've never beaten him before - hopefully it will be a good match. It's always a clean match with him.

"I'm definitely looking forward to playing at the Curve as one of the best venues in the world, really looking forward to playing there."

Another significant upset took place when Egyptian qualifier Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry outplayed experienced Finnish opponent Olli Tuominen 8-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6. The teenager from Cairo will now face fellow countryman Tarek Momen, the defending champion ranked ten in the world who beat Australian Cameron Pilley, ranked just four places lower, 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-2.

"Very happy to win," said Ga Sabry after his shock upset. "Playing Tarek tomorrow will be tough - he is better than me but I'm looking forward to it."

Al Muzayen Makes Malaysian Open Draw

Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Muzayen, who reached last year's CIMB Malaysian Open quarter-finals as a qualifier, will have the chance to repeat his heroics in the 2013 event after surviving today's qualifying finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

The 25-year-old world No39 broke local hearts when he beat Malaysian hope Ivan Yuen 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 in 44 minutes.

Al Muzayen will now face Egypt's new world No20 Karim Abdel Gawad in the main draw.

Scot Alan Clyne and Egyptian Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry arrived in KL fresh from PSA Tour title success last week - Clyne in New Zealand and Ga Sabry in India. Clyne looked in better shape, taking a two-game lead over the 19-year-old from Cairo.

But teenager Ga Sabry had plenty in reserve - fighting back to level the match before clinching victory after 56 minutes in a 9-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 scoreline.

Fellow Egyptian Omar Abdel Aziz, however, survived the day's longest encounter - twice recovering from leads by his Malaysian opponent to beat Muhd Asyraf Azan 9-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 in 99 minutes.

A collision at 10-all in the fourth game between Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt and Hong Kong's Max Lee - with Lee already having had match-balls - led to the Hong Kong player suffering a severe nose bleed. Play was halted for more than an hour before officials decided that it would continue the next day.